Mother Dog Overcomes Grief Over Her Lost Babies By Meeting New Puppy

Hilary Gowan

Journalist

Daya the dog was pregnant with nine and wandering the streets before ending up in a South Carolina public shelter. She risked euthanasia due to overcrowding at the shelter, but Halfway There Rescue arranged a foster home for her to deliver the litter. However, a vet checkup brought some horrible news. “X-rays showed no evidence of living babies,” Jennifer Werner, a volunteer for the rescue, told the press.

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“Her nine puppies were in the process of being absorbed by her body. This had caused a severe infection in her uterus that required emergency surgery within an hour of her arrival at the vet hospital.”

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The surgery saved Daya’s life, but her spirit was broken. She treated toys and socks like they were babies. Three days after the surgery, the rescue found an abandoned female puppy. After parasites, skin infections and emergency surgery to remove one of her ruptured eyes, she needed a mom. “Everyone knew that the puppy could survive with human intervention alone, but we had hopes that she could have the mama she was missing,” Werner said.

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Raisin the puppy was brought to meet Daya – and they immediately established an unbreakable bond. “They were snuggled up together and it was obvious a relationship was forming,” Werner said.

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“Even though the two were not related, they served a need for each other that would lead to an incredible bond. They’re still recovering from medical issues like mange at their foster home, so they’ll be there for several more weeks. With the help of the veterinary staff who would not give up on [Raisin] and the rescue who made sure Daya was able to leave the shelter, these two will forever share a bond.”

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